Vijay Prakash was born in Mysore, India to Carnatic singers L. Ramasesha and Lopa Mudra Prakash, and is himself trained in Carnatic music. He attended Sri Jayachamarajendra (SJC) Engineering College in Mysore.
After moving to Mumbai in 1996, he became a student of Suresh Wadkar. Vijay Prakash was a participant in the program Sa Re Ga Ma on Zee TV, hosted by Sonu Nigam. He made it to the mega-finals in 1999. Later he compered Sa Re Ga Ma Pa on Zee Kannada. He got his first break in Hindi cinema with Karisma Kapoor starrer Baaz in 2002, and his first song for A. R. Rahman was in Ashutosh Gowariker’s Swades followed by the same composer’s Tamil title track for the movie New. His song “Kavite” in Kannada movie Gaalipata too became famous.
Vijay Prakash has sung for about 25 foreign films including a Chinese film with music by Surender Sodhi. He has recorded for ads like “Kabhi chatpataa” for Knorr Soups and “Na sar jhuka hain kabhi” for HDFC Life Insurance. In 2008 he sang the “Condom a capella” ringtone composed by Rupert Fernandes and produced by the BBC World Service Trust for an Indian safe sex campaign. In 2009, his song, “Jai Ho”, won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song. He was one of the Judges in Confident Star Singer 2 (Kannada), aired on Asianet Suvarna in 2009. He has sung “Om Sivoham”, a Sanskrit song penned by Vaali and composed by Ilaiyaraaja which was the main theme song of 2009 Tamil film Naan Kadavul. In 2010, he became a regular singer under composer A. R. Rahman, as he performed several of his numbers such as “Hosanna” (Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya, Ye Maaya Chesave), “Beera Beera, Veera Veera (in Tamil & Telugu Versions)” (Raavan & Raavanan), “Powerstar” (Komaram Puli) and “Kadhal Anukkal” (Enthiran). Prakash has debuted as a music composer for the upcoming 2012 Kannada film Andar Bahar.